International Conference on Solar Technologies & Hybrid Mini Grids to improve energy access

Created by CommUnity by InnoEnergy Partner on 10-Sep-2018

Wednesday, 17 October 2018 at University of the Balearic Islands, Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Starts at 09:00 · Ends on 19-Oct-2018 at 10:00, CET (Europe/Berlin)

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The participants will hear excellent presentations in parallel sessions. There will be exiting topics to discuss in round tables. The large poster and trade exhibition and also the two side events (Energy Access Innovation Lab: Affordable Energy for Humanity (AE4H)and Worldbank: Build Mini Grids at Scale) will promote even more practical know how. 

Don’t miss the deadline early bird fee: September 13, 2018  - 
register now!                       

We received more than 80 interesting abstracts from all over the world. 

Draft Conference Programme Ready! Please take a look to it!       


Conference Chair Message 

On behalf of the Partner Organizations (EnDev, GIZ, REPIC, Siemens Stiftung, SNV and WISE) and the Scientific Committee, we are pleased to invite you to join the  second International Conference on Solar Technologies and Hybrid Mini-Grids to improve energy access, at the Unversitat de les Illes Balears in Palma, Spain on October 17-19, 2018.

The main objective of the conference is to provide an opportunity for an exchange between practitioners from the industry, academia and development institutions working in the field of decentralized energy. The conference will cover technical, business and management aspects of solar technologies and mini grids with the aim of sharing experiences, learning from each other and networking. 

The challenge of energy access for all is of enormous magnitude and only be achievable, if a smart mix of different existing and innovative technologies and approaches is applied according to the needs and the economic potential of the people. In the last years, a multitude of organizations and companies has gained value experiences with the dissemination of solar lanterns, plug-and-play systems and solar home systems either in form of cash sales or Pay-as-you-go approaches. Several international organizations have also tried to scale up installation of solar and hydro mini-grids in rural areas with differing degrees of success. Other organizations focused on solar thermal systems or the development of energy efficient equipment allowing the productive use of DC electricity. The Conference will provide a forum where experts from different disciplines can discuss how universal energy access can be achieved in the most efficient way. The conference will invite acknowledged experts to provide an overview about the status in different technology areas and give room to participants, which want to present their results from scientific research or experiences from the fieldwork.  


We as chairmen would be pleased to welcome you to the conference and encourage you to actively contribute to a successful event. 


Xavier Vallvé, Trama TecnoAmbiental, Spain           Dr. Carsten Hellpap, GIZ, Germany



  1. PV and other renewable energy based electricity

1.1 Pico PV

1.2 Solar home systems

1.3 PV for telecommunication and industrial use

1.4 Mini grids for communities and productive use

1.5 Water pumping

  1. Solar thermal systems

2.1 Domestic solar water heating systems

2.2 Solar heat for industrial and commercial applications

2.3 Solar cooking

2.4 Solar drying

2.5 Sea water desalination

  1. Policy, government and donor programmes

University of the Balearic Islands, Palma de Mallorca, Spain